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Giant hogweed: the facts

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 04 June 2019

How common is giant hogweed in the UK and is it really that dangerous? We've distilled the facts to give you the low-down on giant hogweed.

Oak: the past, present and future of one of our best loved trees

by Karen Hornigold, Assistant Conservation Adviser - Data & Information on 31 May 2019

The latest issue of Wood Wise tells the story of oak – its role in British culture and as a haven for wildlife, and the threats it currently faces.

Helicopter seeds: which trees do they come from?

by Charlie Mellor, Content Manager on 30 May 2019

Four tree species produce ‘helicopter seeds’ in the UK. Find out more with our ID guides, spotting tips and interesting facts.

What is the difference between a frog and a toad?

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 29 May 2019

Find out the difference between our two favourite amphibians, the frog and the toad.

9 rare and beautiful wild UK orchids

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 29 May 2019

Orchids are some of the most beautiful and unique wild plants you'll see in the UK. They are rare but well worth finding if you are up for the challenge.

Woodland Walks with Adam Shaw – our new podcast!

by Adam Shaw, Guest blogger on 28 May 2019

Adam Shaw hosts the new Woodland Trust podcast – Woodland Walks. Our debut episode explores the largest new native woodland in England, Heartwood Forest.

Scotland’s rainforest: why it’s special and where to find it

by Adam Harrison, Saving Scotland’s rainforest lead on 20 May 2019

Scotland’s rainforest is as lush and important as the tropical rainforest, only rarer. We need your help to save it. Discover why and what you can do.

Why do nettles sting? And do dock leaves really help?

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 15 May 2019

Stinging nettles can be a hazard on summer walks. Learn why these plants inflict their itchy stings and whether dock leaves really do help.

How to identify elderflower and what to do with it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 May 2019

If you want to dip your toe into the world of foraging, elderflowers are a great place to start. Get our top identification tips, along with ideas and recipes on how to use elderflower.

Types of bee in the UK: how to tell the difference

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 14 May 2019

From fluffy bumblebees to pint-sized mining bees, we take a look at the key characteristics of some of our most common species.